Heart And Mind Matters Tina Thrussell

Spiritual Trust

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by Tina Thrussell

You may or may not know that I have been teaching basic mindfulness classes for several years now. One of the first things I do in my classes is to ask people for their definition of mindfulness. Then, I provide MY definition and point out that mindfulness isn’t a practice, it’s a way of life.

Meditation, on the other hand, is a practice. And it’s an important practice. I am always on the lookout for more variations of meditations and other mindfulness tools to be able to present to my students… and that’s how I came across Craig Hamilton. Craig presents the most unique version of meditation I have ever encountered. I must say, I love it!

This past weekend I listened to Craig Hamilton’s podcast “Meditation Changes Everything” on Spotify. The episode was titled “The leap of faith—how trust transforms your spiritual path.”

I was so impressed and impacted by what he shared that I paraphrased his 30-minute talk, and I’m sharing this with you here now:

There is an innate trustworthiness that has been overridden by societal conditioning.

Spiritual trust is a kind of self-trust. We trust that if we let go, stop pre-meditating, stop trying to know everything beforehand and be sure that we have everything we need to achieve what’s in front of us, and trust in our innate ability to meet challenges, to figure things out, to rise to the occasion, that we have the resources we need within us to rise to meet whatever occasion comes upon us. That is spiritual trust.

There are all these resources within us that will show up to meet the challenges of life if we let go and take a risk, jump into challenging situations, and see what arises.

Trusting Others

What percentage of time have people really disappointed you or proven untrustworthy, compared to all your interactions with others? If you spend time contemplating how often it was a ‘bad idea’ to trust someone because they took advantage of you, you will find that it’s a tiny percentage of the interactions you have with people.

Air B&B is a great example of how people are trustworthy in most situations. Most of the population is just like us. By and large, people are pro-social (positive), meaning that they want to live moral, good lives, respect others and treat others as they want to be treated.  If you live from this place of knowing that this is true, you will live free from fear of interactions with others!

These are simple but profound concepts… which is what I find about all of Craig’s meditation sessions. If you care to find out more about Craig Hamilton, visit his website

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